SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K222223
Module Leader Keith Baker
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

HNC Built Environment

Summary of Content

An introduction to the principles of sustainable development, exploring the challenges of its delivery from an environmental, social and economic perspective An overview of the role of governance (including legalisation and regulations) at a global, national and local level in addressing the challenges faced. An exploration of current issues relating to sustainability within society and the business world (link to corporate social responsibility) Sustainability and the built environment, and the role of the construction industry in its delivery Discipline specific exploration of the relationship between the students own professional discipline and sustainability (contribution to the problem, role of professional bodies in shaping the future generation)


Definition of Sustainability and Sustainable Development Legislation and regulation: UK, European and International Sustainable Development, Society and the Environment Resource efficiency: tools and techniques Sustainability and the built environment: impacts and solutions Sustainable construction: the need for change in the industry Business and Corporate and Social Responsibity including an understanding of the wider socio-economic and political worlds Measuring and Assesing Sustainability

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1.Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and importance of developing sustainability into all aspects of society2.Demonstrate an understanding of the financial, legal and market pressures on industry to encourage greater resource efficiency3.Demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying legislation and regulations at national level relating to the environment4.Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the built environment in delivering sustainable development5.Communicate effectively in writing, graphically and by utilising IT facilities6.Participate effectively in independent activities7.Appreciate the significance of their professional role in shaping a sustainable future

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A student-centred approach will be adopted, underpinned by tutor support. This module is also supported by web-based materials (reading, slides, videos, web links), available via the GCUlearn interface. Accordingly students will be directed in respect of learning around the syllabus and assessments will be conducted through an online test and a reflective report.

Indicative Reading

Brown C.S. (2005) The Sustainable Enterprise: Profiting from Best Practice, Kogan Page Publishers, London. Dresner S., (2008) The principles of sustainability, 2 nd edition, Routledge. Haliday S. (2008) Sustainable Construction, Elsevier. Jonker J.,de Witte M.C., de Witte M. (2006) Management models for corporate social responsibility, Springer, Guilford. Kibert C.J., (2013) Sustainable Construction: green building design and delivery, 3rd edition, John Wiley. Mendler S., Odell W., Lazarus M.A., Obata H., & Kassabaum O. (2005) The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, 2nd edition, University of Michigan, Wiley. Murton R., (2007) Construction UK: introduction to the industry, Blackwell. Roosa S., (2010) Sustainable Development Handbook, 2 nd edition, The Fairmont Press Inc, Taylor and Francis. Other Sources: Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Development: Development Studies: Professional Journals, other printed and web-based media as directed / appropriate

Transferrable Skills

Effective communication skills: written, graphical and IT Independent working Time management and self-motivation Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% A reflective report which asks students to reflect on their profession role within the industry considering its impact, the role of their professional bodies and employers in facilitating change in practice.
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% On line test will ask students to answer a series of closed and open questions relating to the syllabus.